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PlantFiles: Ginger
Alpinia vittata

Family: Zingiberaceae
Genus: Alpinia (al-PIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: vittata (vy-TAH-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Alpinia sanderae

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade
Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Suzy_Bee On Nov 6, 2011, Suzy_Bee from Spring, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Gorgeous foliage. Grew up to 5' tall and even blossomed one summer. Died in the hard freezes we had the last two winters. When I cut the dead foliage down, it actually smelled like the culinary ginger!

This year I will put up hoops and cover the suckers before a freeze.

Neutral Tropicanna On Jun 8, 2007, Tropicanna from Clemmons, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Right now I'm saying neutral. I know this plant is finicky, but when I ordered the plant from Hawaii it looked awesome. I sent it to Puerto Rico to a friend for the winter, and there, he said it grew very slowly. Now that I have it here, I don't seem to be doing well with it, it does not seem to like the greenhouse at all. It is a beautiful plant, and I do love it, though.

I will update if I can get some info on how to keep it happier.

Positive Dinu On Feb 26, 2003, Dinu from Mysore
India (Zone 10a) wrote:

This does not seem to grow taller than two feet. I have kept my plant in the shade and the marbled creamish variegation reduced drastically and the dark green colour was prominent.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Myers, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami, Florida
North Port, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Agana Heights, Guam
Gonzales, Louisiana
New Iberia, Louisiana
Slidell, Louisiana
Spring, Texas

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